North Box Restaurant

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Located on the north mezzanine level of the historic War Memorial Opera House overlooking the magnificent main lobby, North Box Restaurant offers California cuisine with global influences, created using locally-sourced ingredients and serves as an ideal destination for pre-performance or intermission dining for any Ballet and Opera goer.
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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food that's worth more than your money with service that matches plus smiling bar tenders. Now, if the chairs were comfortable and the wall hangings more engaging, it would be a perfect experience.

KP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The crab salad had an incredibly small amount of crop.

TS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu is too limited. I enjoyed my salad , but my granddaughter (age 9) ate only a roll and cookies.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We've eaten here both with the previous Opera catering provider and the current. While the current quality of the food is good, we do miss the wider variety that was offered before. The menu is now limited to salads and appetizers. Our experience with the service has been spotty, sometimes more responsive that others. We will likely continue to come here for the convenience of a pre-performance meal onsite, but I would love to see improvement in menu variety and service level.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting pretty-opera... no need to rush to the theater as we were already there. More important, the food was excellent and the server and service were 5 star. Will definitely eat there again.

A
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very convenient for a light dinner before the opera, and much better ambience than the big loud dining room downstairs. Service was top notch, Natalie answered questions and adjusted orders with genial and welcoming care. Limited menu, but sufficient for our needs.

f
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Liked the small intimate atmosphere, so convenient. We would like more secletions on the menu, and higher quality wine by the glass.

AR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The North Box is a great way to begin a night at the San Francisco Opera. Great food, excellent service and ambience!

CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is a stripped down version of the Prelude at the Opera House--Lower Level so don't expect too much choice or variety. The price doesn't reflect this as it isn't significantly less money than the Lower Level. That is what you get when you forget to get reservations early but still want the convenience of eating at the Opera House. On the plus side, you get much less food so that is kind of a good thing kinda sorta maybe. I'll remember to book early next time. Overall, the food is good but limited.

AN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved being able to hold our table for intermission and have coffee and dessert waiting!

HN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good for a light meal before the opera. Convenient and a time saver .

f
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Having ti to the Symphony, we wanted an easy place to eat & talk beforehand. The food is solid although not imaginative but well priced & healthy. They only have about 6 items, mostly salads because they don't cook. The food is from a caterer & plated. This is a great place to have the lookout over the lobby of the Opera House & be able to have a conversation. Nice people take care waiting also. Very professional.

HL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was well prepared and presented. Prices given that we were dining inside the opera house weren't unreasonable but not inexpensive by any measure. Our server made a huge difference in the quality of our meal. He was attentive and responsive without being intrusive. Hope we get him next time as we plan to return. And don't miss having dessert during intermission - they will save your table, have it waiting for you when you arrive and you can settle everything when you finish your meal prior to the performance. Overall, highly recommend!

HK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone can enjoy a time for lunch, dinner or tea/coffee before the opera. the service is noteworthy.

CR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The reservation system (book for pre-performance dining with Open Table, but phone in, including the orders for all patrons??? for intermission service) is unnecessarily cumbersome, in comparison to my experience over many decades with previous dining contractors in the Opera House. Global Gourmet, the new corporate provider at the Opera House, has instituted a system which no doubt serves the bottom line, but ruins the accustomed ambience of the cafes and bars at the Opera House -- no more ad hoc inviting a friend you see by chance to pull up a chair and have a drink. That said, the North Box is especially convenient for pre-performance dining for those seated in the Grand Tier. The fare is light -- those who want a fuller meal should reserve at Prelude, the large downstairs cafe with buffet -- but it was tasty and nicely served. The service was efficient and pleasant.

It is not inexpensive -- but it is a service that enhances the entire experience of attending a performance at the War Memorial Opera House

PW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's handy for the opera. A bit overpriced but about what you'd expect and the service is good and pleasant. I recommend booking...

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Misrepresented on the website. Full menu not available. All food is pre-prepared and cold.

EW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We very much liked being able to overlook the opera house lobby from our perch on the mezzanine. The food was light and very good--portions adequate with excellent presentation. Great service from waiters and hosts. The wine list is tops because this is the bar catering to the box and grand tier sections during intermissions. Highly recommend if you are wanting to have a light, no rushed supper before a performance.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ahi tuna salad. Cheese plate. Wow. Dinner and then they hold the table so you can come up at intermission and your preordered dessert is hot and waiting. Great service.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The North Box Restaurant menu really didn't have much "food" on it. Its basically meant for snacks and appetizers now. There really wasn't anything to eat for a real dinner. We had been waiting to eat dinner there, and there were just a few appetizers/salads and desserts and tons of alcohol as choices. Nothing filling or a real meal. This is different than in past years. It would probably be fine if I had just wanted a little snack, but was not really a good choice for dinner. Our server was great.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Prior to Opera. So poor, we will never come there again.

M
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was rude. The salad was awful. It was very expensive. I was put at the worst table alone. I was very uncomfortable and totally ignored. When I arrived I was ignored, rudely answered after standing in line forever to find out if I could be seated. Reservation made Friday. I will NEVER do that again and this was a planned treat, not something I can do often. AWFUL. Every person was rude and impatient. I am very kind and considerate especially when people clearly are very busy. However, each person involved in this North Box Restaurant needs to be retrained.
I tried to dine in the downstairs only to find it is not available on Saturday and is on Sunday and I would have chosen Sunday to attend the ballet and have a lovely experience downstairs.

N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Natalie is a great server. We miss the truffles though. And the cheese plate no longer has dried fruit; a change for the worse.

m
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a wonderful time last Sunday at The Little Mermaid. Our box bar experience couldn't have been better. Joe Matte was so courteous and attentive that our desires were met without even having to ask. Thank you Joe!

A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service, location and convenience are great if you are attending a matinee performance; however, the food selection lis minimal.

BE
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Love going to North Box. Convenient, nice service, in a splendid building, fun to people-watch. Prices of food up; variety down. Fairly expensive for what you get and quality is fine but not outstanding.

e
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great addition to the ballet

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I rarely go to a restaurant where I would say that the food was bad, but it was not good. The options were boring. The items tasted had minimal flavor/seasoning. Based on the building and location of the dining area I have to believe that there is no kitchen, hence the room temperature meal. The only entree option was a salad with protein. The photo of lamb chops on the website gives the impression that a more substantial meal is available.

N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

New management has made some changes, not all good. The cheese plate has less cheese and no dried fruit. The chocolate truffles are no more. Prices remain high.

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to have dinner or desert along with the Ballet. Food is good and service is excellent. Expensive, but not considering the convenience and pleasant atmosphere.

m
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natalie is the BEST!!!! She anticipates and provides everything that we could ever want or desire! Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, Service a little slow. But highly recommend before Opera or Ballet.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service! Food was delicious. Love coming back for dessert waiting for you at intermission.
A little pricey for what you get but it’s really wonderful. Love overlooking the entry way

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes and market salad with tiny prawns both were very good and nicely presented. Waitperson was very personable and accommodating.

JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, our waiter Stephan (I believe) was very attentive, but not hovering. The choices were cold plates, very nicely constructed salads that were perfect portions for before the ballet. Nice selection of wine. Desserts were great, nice finish to the dinner. Ambiance was pleasant, not too loud given it was located very near a key route to the upper seating areas.

Would definitely recommend and go back to in the future.

JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully convenient and amazing service. Our waitperson set up a larger table for us to enjoy during the intermissions with some friends who were not dining at the restaurant. When we arrived during the break water for all 6 awaited us, along with our unfinished bottle of wine from dinner. Really added to a lovely evening of music and ballet.

AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

THE NORTH BOX RESTAURANT IS A PLEASANT AND CONVENIENT PLACE FOR A PRE-PERFORMANCE LIGHT MEAL, AND WE LIKE TO COME BACK HERE.

CN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wanting a lighter dinner and possibly dessert, this is a good choice. Menu items are limited, but suited to having a show after. Nice wine and drink menu. Salads were very good as was dessert.

Make sure to have your ticket ready to show at the door as you need it to get into the building. You don't have to be seeing a show in that building, just one of the close venues.

BL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very limited menu choices and pricey for what you get.

h
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its ideal for a light and lovely little sometin, sometin before the performance.

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